This is an excellent read from the WEF. The article explores the theme that it’s time to re-assess the role of bad moods in our lives.
The article is easy to read and summarizes clearly scientific evidence in relation to sadness and concludes:
These findings suggest the unrelenting pursuit of happiness may often be self-defeating. A more balanced assessment of the costs and benefits of good and bad moods is long overdue.
As a reasonably serious person, I have often been fascinated by the superficial pursuit of happiness in modern society. Take for example, the joker who likes to make others laugh – this is important but conversely life’s not a joke for many, especially now. Another example of false happiness comes from alcohol and drugs but there are side effects.
Conversely, real happiness comes from sharing positive experiences with friends and family and from doing the things that we enjoy doing or achieving our goals.
Of course, the media and the advertising industry is trying to manipulate our happiness levels too. If we’re taken in by some adverts, eating junk-food, drinking alcohol and smoking will make us happy.
Perhaps, as well as understanding sadness better we should explore false happiness too?